Posted: Friday, February 09, 2007

Seldovia is a remote community nestled in beautiful Seldovia Bay and surrounded by Kachemak Bay. Framed by tall mountains laden with magnificent Sitka Spruce trees, Seldovia’s shorelines skirt the mountains, making the best of two worlds come together. Located across the bay from Homer, one cannot get to Seldovia by the conventional road system, but only by air or water. This makes for another Alaska adventure. Visit Seldovia’s portal Website transportation link ( for all your travel needs and opportunities.

You can also arrange your trip to come over on the Alaska Marine Highway System, the M/V Tustumena. Then the next time you come, pick another carrier for a totally different experience.

Seldovia, first settled by the Russians around 1800, is one of the oldest settlements in Cook Inlet. It flourished in the 1900s because it has one of the few ice-free harbors in Alaska. In the 1500’s, the mouth of the Seldovia River was the home of some of the first indigenous Indians to this region. The city name, “Seldovia” comes from the Russian “Z (aliz) Seldovoy” and translates into “Herring Bay”. Even today, one can find herring swimming in the Seldovia Slough. In 1922, the abundance of herring, crab, shrimp and salmon promoted the building of several canneries, but this boom was short lived, and no canneries currently exist in Seldovia.

Seldovia is rapidly becoming a “hot spot” in the tourism industry. It offers quiet, pristine settings with many gorgeous views. Wildlife abounds as the community is surrounded by water and lush vegetation. The community is continually working on improvements to make itself much more attractive and functional to both its visitors and its residents. There are many building projects and renovations, including public park improvements. The small boat harbor is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. Currently, a few boat slips are available and can be obtained by calling the city office in Seldovia (234-7643). The portal Web site to Seldovia ( has four live Web cams that virtual visitors can view the harbor and other locations.

If you are an angler and have never fished out of Seldovia, you need to make the trip. Seldovia is closer to the major fishing “holes” than any other major location. There is an amazing king salmon run up the Seldovia Slough that starts around the end of May and is followed by the silver salmon run up the Seldovia Slough in August. If you are not an angler, but like to shop, Seldovia has a number of quality shops, such as Herring Bay Mercantile, Yesterday’s, and Shoreline Gifts that will help you find that special gift or souvenir.

The Seldovia Village Tribe (SVT) is the largest employer within the city and now has a new facility to accommodate small conventions at their new SVT Conference Center. This large, beautiful building also houses its Alaska Tribal Cache, one of the shopping places in Seldovia. A major stopping point for every visitor to Seldovia is the visitor center located within the Seldovia Village Tribal building. The SVT sponsors many programs within our community that furthers the development and growth of Seldovia.

What is Seldovia? Seldovia offers wonderful lodging accommodations that have spectacular views (see Lodging on Dining in Seldovia happens at the Tide Pool Cafe and the Mad Fish Restaurant with delicious food on the menus. Seldovia’s school is the Susan B. English School, a K-12 school of the Kenai Borough School District. It also has an active Boys & Girls Club. News about the activities in Seldovia can be read on-line (Seldovia Gazette) at Seldovia has an excellent airport runway and is serviced by commuter air taxi services: Smokey Bay Air and Homer Air out of Homer. Private planes also fly into Seldovia’s airport, especially on the 4th of July.

What is there to do in Seldovia? Answer: Hiking, biking, rent an ATV and ride in town or out of town, birding, photography, sightseeing, fishing, boating, shopping, kayaking, hold a small convention, come for a major event, or just relax and get away from it all. The Seldovia Chamber of Commerce sponsors a number of events throughout the year. Events are listed on the Chamber’s Web site ( Events to mark on your calendar for 2007 are: Chainsaw Carving Contest - May 25-29 and the July 4th celebration. This year the chamber’s theme for the 4th of July is “Coming Home.” Those who have lived in Seldovia or visited are encouraged to come back for the week-long events starting July 1. The Seldovia Arts Council sponsors the Summer Solstice Music Festival on June 22 and 23.

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